Somalia Survives UN Voting Rights Suspension Over Unpaid Dues

FILE - Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed addresses the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Sept. 26, 2019, in New York.

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia survived on Tuesday a suspension of its rights to vote at the United Nations because of unpaid dues, days after the President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo boasted about foreign policy successes and said the country was prepared to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Eight countries including Iran, Venezuela and Sudan have lost their voting rights and a total of 11 countries are behind in their payments, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday.

Somalia escaped the suspension “due to conditions beyond the control” of its government and thus, the assembly let it continue to vote. Comoro Islands, Sao Tome and Principe are other members states granted exemption due to similar circumstances.

In a video message this week, Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said his country was prepared to submit its application for a non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council, bragging that his administration secured tremendous foreign policy achievements during its tenure and restored the dignity of the Somali state.

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